Updated: Jan 31
With the return of Alexander Navalny from abroad [Berlin, Germany] to Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Alexander S. Pushkin International Airport after many months away in recovery due to an almost-fatal poisoning at the hands of an unknown assailant, although most acknowledge Putin was such ‘Other’, I question if we are witnessing the beginning of the end for Vladimir’s Reign of Terror. The answer could very well be no but perchance the voracity for change is so incredibly strong within the hearts and minds of Russian citizens that наконец [finally] Putin’s fanfare and national appeal will wear to such an extent that his only option will be to, in true woke American fashion, bend the knee to his own people and step away from a Russian love-affair lasting far longer than it should [lasting over 20 years, longer than Lenin and Stalin]. But, in truth this most likely will not occur and how can it when the younger generation of Russia think such things like "We always aimed to be number one in the world, and Putin understands that” and “There isn't a single unstable element in the management of the country," so for as bold as Navalny may be, ничего [nothing] will change in Russia without a recalibration on how Russia’s youth orient themselves politically, thoughts such as these should imprint themselves dually in the hearts and minds of those wanting change, "He's sincere, kind and noble. He's very smart, energetic and combative — everything you need in a leader."
This is not to disregard Navalny, this is to bolster his advocacy for a free Russia which does not act as a ‘feudal state’ with serf’s who beg for more enslavement without looking up from the ground. Rather, this is to say one must focus their attention on the youth of tomorrow who will suffer the most by living in an imaginative cloud of pseudo-Soviet ideology where the government always cares for you and nothing could ever go wrong with your country, it is always those pesky outside influences. This is reminiscent of the Nietzschean Correspondence Theory of Truth with its ‘if its useful, then it is true’ mentality, where if such X is beneficial to me personally, I shall disregard all statements rebuking X because that will not yield positive results to my personhood and will only seek to discontinue the illusion of equilibrium found with the fraudulent post-truth I have taken to be the truth. Mikheyev(1987) expands upon this disconcerting truth that, as a consequence of the wear and tear of dogmatic propaganda, the ‘Soviet man’ has been convinced of a invisible, external threat and in response, he must view life as an ‘incessant struggle for survival in competition with others’ where love shall not be sought, but respect, and where democracy must be squashed due to the fearful inundation of evil that might venture through the portal as well. As Mikheyev states, “Time perception is focused on the future, or sometimes on the past, but rarely on the present,” how relevant indeed. He has summarized, into six points, what he concluded through his research to be the Soviet mentality, with 12 other secondary traits not listed here. They read as....
1. Perception of both the physical and social environments as basically hostile and dangerous
2. Perception of life as an incessant struggle for survival
3. Acceptance of society's supremacy over an individual's goals
4. Perception of strength as the most important quality
5. Disbelief in a Supreme Being and life after death
6. An essentially relativistic attitude toward morality, that is, the acceptance of double standards toward friends and enemies